Structural funds to help north-west Europe’s SMEs drive growth in the bio-based economy with new network project – ‘Bio Base NWE’
The €6.2 million project – Bio Base NWE – is gearing up to support the developing bioeconomy in north-west Europe. Launched by the European Commission, the project will help businesses, mainly SMEs, close innovation gaps and boost business development in bio-based technologies.
Bio Base NWE will also provide training opportunities to help tackle bio-skill shortages and develop the expert professionals the sector will need for the future. In addition, finance will be available through ‘innovation coupons’ for SMEs to demonstrate the viability of bio-based technologies at a state-of-the-art pilot plant in Ghent, Belgium.
Financed through the European Regional Development Fund’s INTERREG initiative for regional cooperation, the project involves organisations from five countries. Bio Base NWE partners believe north-west Europe is in an excellent position to take a leading role in the emerging bio-based economy. The region is home to a number of prominent research institutes in this field and has a leading chemical industry, including a strong representation of SMEs that can provide a springboard for future development.
For more information see the Bio Base NWE website (fully operational as of 1 July 2013)
The Bio Base NWE partners are:
- Bio Base Europe international non-profit organisation (BE)
- Bio Base Europe Pilot Plant (BE)
- Ghent Bio-Energy Valley (BE)
- Bio Base Europe Training Center (NL)
- REWIN/Biobased Innovations (NL)
- Cluster Industrielle Biotechnologie (DE)
- National University of Ireland, Galway, Competence Centre for Biorefining and Bioenergy (IRL)
- National Non-Food Crops Centre (UK)